Police step up patrols to thwart thieves

EXTRA PATROLS ... Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt.
EXTRA PATROLS ... Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt.

POLICE are stepping up patrols in South Tyneside as part of a crackdown on crime being launched today.

Operation Domain has been set up in response to a spate of thefts and break-ins in recent weeks.

Extra patrols, including ones by mounted police and officers with dogs, will be mounted in areas where offences have been reported.

Officers will also be posting advice to residents at homes left insecure.

Today and tomorrow in Fellgate Avenue, Hedworth Estate, Jarrow, officers will demonstrate how easy it can be to allow thieves to gain access to homes.

That exercise will be repeated at the new Gleeson Homes housing estate, Reginald Gardens, in Charles Street, Boldon Colliery, on Wednesday and Thursday.

Crime prevention adviser Alex Wilkinson will be on hand to give people advice to help stop them becoming victims of crime.

Property-logging sessions will also take place across the borough to encourage residents to sign up to a free property register, Immobilise.com

This ensures that when stolen property is recovered, it can be returned to its rightful owners.

It also helps to quickly identify when people are in possession of stolen goods.

Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt, of the police’s South Tyneside area command, said: “Operation Domain has been launched to coincide with the onset of lighter nights as this is a time when, historically, we often see a rise in opportunist offences.

“The operation includes extra patrols in areas where burglaries and bike thefts have been reported.

“There’ll also be pro-active operations taking place to tackle those suspected of being involved in crimes such as theft and burglary.”

Advice can be found at www.northumbria.police.uk/crimeprevention